Natural Mold Removal for A Healthier Home
Mold infestations are seen in almost every home. They grow as greenish black spots on dry walls, decks, in showers, on bathroom tiles, books, clothes, under the carpets, and in almost any indoor space with warm and humid conditions. Besides interfering with the aesthetics of your home, mold can be harmful to your health. They release microscopic spores which can trigger allergic reactions. Yet, while we often address indoor pollution, mold infestations are often ignored. The problem can, however, easily be handled with a natural mold removal method which is not only cheap but also health-friendly.
While minor mold infestations are easily removed with a natural homemade cleaner, larger infestations may need the attention of cleaning professionals. The trick is to stop mold growth before it spreads and harms you as well as your home. Identifying mold growth and eliminating it in time will help save both your health and money.
What Is Mold?
Molds is a form of fungus. It reproduces by releasing spores into the air and grows in dark, damp conditions. Molds play a vital role in the environment by helping to decompose decaying organic matter. While certain types of molds are used in the preparation of medicines, others are used in preparing foods. An example is penicillin, the first antibiotic, which was prepared from mold. Certain molds are used in the preparation of fermented foods, sour dairy products, and alcoholic beverages. However, molds growing in your indoor living space can cause harm to your health and property. Although all molds can damage property, only certain molds are harmful to your health.
Types of Molds
Based on the response of the human body to mold exposure, this fungus can be grouped into three categories.
The first one is allergenic mold which can affect people who are sensitive to them.
Next is pathogenic mold which can cause infection in immunocompromised people or to anyone when exposed to it in high concentrations.
The third type is toxigenic mold which can have serious effects on almost anyone. These molds release mycotoxins causing mold toxicity symptoms and can worsen adrenal fatigue.
Toxic molds suppress the immune system and can affect healthy people. Exposure to toxic molds has been linked to several health conditions including bronchitis, respiratory infections, liver cancer, kidney disorder, Reye’s Syndrome, Kashin-Beck disease, and alimentary toxic aleukia.
If you find mold growth in your indoor living space then the chances are high that there could also be bacterial growth alongside it. This occurs as both mold and bacteria grow in a similar environment – dark and humid conditions. When these microorganisms grow together, mold toxicity symptoms become aggravated, raising the chances of developing symptoms of inflammation. Hence, those with fungal infections can simultaneously experience bacterial infections which can make treatment complicated.
Effects of Mold Exposure
Healthy people are less likely to get affected by mold. Those with a weak immune system and adrenal fatigue, however, can be highly sensitive to mold exposure. Experiencing extreme fatigue along with symptoms of brain fog, low concentration levels, an inability to deal with stress, insomnia, and anxiety may be signs of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS). Those with adrenal fatigue experience low energy levels and find difficulty in coping with everyday stress. In such cases, mold exposure can further worsen the condition.
The NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response is your body’s natural defense mechanism, and is comprised of six circuits and multiple organs which function together. The organs and systems work in close unison, carrying out various bodily functions and stress management. When your body experiences stress, the adrenal glands start secreting the stress control hormone, cortisol. However, with prolonged stress, your adrenals get overburdened. As a result, your body’s ability to cope with stress is reduced.
In AFS, mold exposure can weaken the adrenal glands and the entire system. The mycotoxins from molds trigger inflammation to which the adrenals respond by increasing their cortisol production. In healthy people, cortisol production is adequate to fight inflammation. However, in those in the later stages of adrenal fatigue, the overburdened adrenals struggle to secrete enough cortisol. This results in increased inflammation, thus worsening the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Additionally, those with adrenal fatigue usually have a weakened immune system. This impairs a variety of your body’s systems, including your metabolism and the endocrine system. As a result, your body loses its ability to fight off invaders, remove toxins, and secrete hormones. Thus the entire system gets disrupted, leaving you more fatigued.
Mold exposure can also interfere with the stimulation of your pituitary gland which may lead to hormonal imbalances in vital organs, including the adrenal glands, thyroid, and reproductive organs. It may thus exacerbate chronic fatigue and depression.
Continuous exposure to mycotoxins released from mold can cause more stress to the body. Certain mycotoxins are neurotoxic and many affect the central nervous system, resulting in neurotoxicity. The effect of mycotoxins on the nervous system is higher when inhaled because the olfactory system, or sense of smell, is directly connected to your brain. Mold toxin can accumulate within, leading to extra-cellular matrix congestion and pollution. Liver congestion can ensue. Certain studies suggest that mycotoxins can also access your brain through the optic nerve, resulting in sinusitis and possibly brain complications. A natural mold removal process may help to remove molds without causing any adverse effects on your health.
Natural Mold Removal Process
Smaller mold growth is easily removable with natural homemade cleaners. Larger areas of mold growth, however, may require chemical products to stop them from spreading. Identifying mold growth and removing it before it spreads may thus greatly help in minimizing the symptoms caused by mold. There are many mold removal products on the market. However, a “natural mold removal” method is highly recommended. This is especially the case for people who are allergic and have adrenal fatigue as chemical-based cleaners can aggravate the condition. Since natural homemade cleaners contain natural ingredients, they do not cause any triggers.
Natural homemade cleaning products are a lot cheaper and, more importantly, healthier than bottled chemical cleaners. However, one thing you need to keep in mind is that it takes time to remove the mold as no harmful chemicals are used here so you have to be patient. In the end, the reward of a cleaner living space with hardly any cleaning expenses makes it all worthwhile!
Making your own natural mold removal recipe requires a few ingredients that are readily available in your home.
Natural Mold Removal Recipe
- 1 tbsp white vinegar (distilled)
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 4-6 drops tea tree essential oil
- In a bowl, combine vinegar and baking soda with a spatula to get a thick paste.
- Let the mixture stand for about 30 seconds.
- Add the essential oil and stir to combine.
- Your mold removal recipe is now ready to use.
Instructions to use:
- Apply the mold remover directly on the mold with the help of a spoon or an old toothbrush.
- Allow the mixture to sit on the mold for a couple of hours.
- Scrub the mixture and the affected area using a dry toothbrush to remove mold.
- It is important to remember that you might need to repeat the process a couple of times to get rid of the mold.
Make sure you use gloves, a mask, goggles, and clothing with full sleeves during the mold removal process. If the cleaning solution comes into direct contact with your skin, wash the area thoroughly with clean water to remove the mixture.
People with AFS are vulnerable to mold. Prolonged exposure can hinder adrenal fatigue recovery. Therefore, mold removal is imperative to provide relief from adrenal fatigue. Chemical cleaners can easily remove molds, but the harmful chemicals present in them can cause adrenal crashes. Hence a natural mold removal technique is highly recommended as it is free from harmful ingredients and is very economical. During the cleanup process, care should be taken to prevent exposure to toxic molds which can trigger adrenal crashes.
Larger mold infestations may require chemical cleaning and the help of professionals. Those with AFS and who are prone to allergies are advised to stay away during the cleaning process to avoid any triggers. Sometimes, however, completely getting rid of mold may not be possible. Healthy individuals do not show any side effects to a small amount of mold exposure, while those who are sensitive may show adverse side effects. In such cases, the best solution is to move residence in order to support adrenal fatigue recovery.
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Dr. Lam’s Key Question
Does a natural mold removal process help to effectively deal with mold growth?
A natural mold removal process makes use of safe and natural ingredients which do not result in harmful side effects. In people with allergies and adrenal fatigue, mold exposure can aggravate the condition. Such people have a weak immune system, and using chemical mold removers can trigger inflammation and adverse side effects. Natural mold removers can help to remove surface molds. Depending on the size of a mold infestation, the natural cleaner may need up to four or five applications. However, the removal of a large mold infestation may need chemical cleaners and professional help.